This section of our web site attempts to explain the latest brain tumor treatments
that are in general use in plain English, with a brief overview of each, then
details on the treatments and where to find them. Unlike the rest of the "Clinical
Trials & Noteworthy Treatments For Brain Tumors" site, this section
is only the author's OPINIONS of the material.
Use it for general information, to get ideas of what is available out there,
but then discuss it with your own doctors.
If you disagree with anything said, have anything to add, or want to help
write a topic, please let us know.
This section is updated frequently - so check back often!
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- New concept in treating brain tumors: Interlaced therapy
- New Immunotherapy trial for people with recurrent Grade 3 gliomas. (PDF will open in new window)
- Transcript of the FDA meeting for the approval of the Novo TTF 100A device. (This is a huge file - may take time to open)
- New Vaccine therapy for Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma Multiforme patients
- Novocure Trial - this is an exciting new trial using "tumor treating fields" to treat glioblastoma multiforme.
- What is CED (Convection Enhanced Delivery)? This is a new form of CED that can be used long term.(added 10/28/2010)
- "FAQs in medical management of high grade gliomas." (This will pop up in a new window.)(updated 3/14/2010)
- "State of the Art Treatment for Glioblastoma Multiforme" by Dr Henry Friedman (updated 2/2/2009)
- Avastin + CPT-11 for Malignant Brain Tumors
- New X-ray Delivery Method Could Improve Radiation Therapy (Being funded by the Musella Foundation!)
- Treatments for Glioblastomas by Dr Marc C. Chamberlain
- Article on the possible link between viruses - like CMV - and brain tumors
- Treatment Options for Glioblastomas AND The Role of Supplements (including Anti-Oxidants) in Cancer Treatment By
Ben Williams, Ph.D. (Experimental Psychology) ** Updated 5/14/2009
READ THIS FIRST!
- Human Corticotropin-Releasing Factor (hCRF) (Xerecept) in Peritumoral
Brain Edema - a possible replacement for Decadron!
By Lisa U. Carr, MD, PhD
Atypical Teratoid Rhabdod Rumor (AT/RT).
- Vaccine Therapies for Brain Tumors
- Proton Beam Radiosurgery resources
- Proton Beam Radiation (this is a .pdf file and requires the free pdf reader)
- Abstracts from ASCO 2007 (Reported by Hong Lan)
- By Christopher M. Duma, MD
Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital
Gamma Knife and Brain Tumor Center
Newport Beach, CA
- Brain Tumor Treatments.
- Cyberknife Radiosurgery - A new form of robotic stereotactic radiosurgery.
- Email Communication for Patients with a life-threatening
illness - one way of dealing with keeping the family "in the loop"!
- Update to Social Security Disability Rules
- Summary and discussion of Ben Williams' Book: "Surviving
'Terminal' Cancer" by Paul Muench Added 11/17/2003
- Brain Metastases - an overview (added 8/13/2003)
- The Anti-angiogenic basis of metronomic
chemotherapy. (added 7/29/2004) - Doesn't specifically mention brain
tumors, but there are trials of this approach going on now with brain tumors.
This paper (which is on the technical side) explains the rationale for
- Boron Neutron Capture Therapy:
- Poly ICLC for brain tumors (added 7/17/2003)
- Reolysin -
Explanation of how oncolytic viruses work. Watch the animation! (Added 3/25/2004)
(Note: this link brings you out of our website into Oncolytic Biotech's website.
We are not responsible for thier content.. we placed the link here because
it is a very important concept.)
- High dose chemo for Pediatric Medulloblastoma
and PNET tumors (added 1/16/2005 (but article is from May 2001)) !
Looks pretty good.
- Oligodendrogliomas and Anaplastic Oligodendrogliomas:
Features, treatments and prognosis. (Note: this is a large .pdf file.
May take a few minutes to load)
- Web resources for pediatric
brain tumors. (added 12/24/2003) (This is a microsoft WORD file. If
you have trouble viewing it, let us know and I will convert it to a different
- Reports From the 2003 ASCO (American Association Of Clinical Oncology):
- Extreme Drug Resistance (EDR) Assay - A test
of your tumor which may help with the selection of chemotherapy drugs. Must
be planned before a surgery.
- Phase 1/2 randomized study of radiation and Temodar vs. radiation and BCNU
for Anaplastic Astrocytoma patients.
READ this if you haven't had radiation yet!
- Pituitary tumors - a short overview.
- REOLYSIN® - A new experimenatal treatment for
- Brain Tumor Guide - Newly diagnosed people should start
here first to get an overview of everything before exploring the rest of
- Brain Tumor Symptoms: Overview | Detailed
- 'Leading Edge' Gamma Knife radiosurgery for primary
malignant brain tumors.- this is a new way of using the gamma knife..
this paper is in a pdf. See instructions above if you have a problem
loading the paper.
- Immunotherapy for brain tumors. 2 papers by Dr. Roberta
- Temodar® (Temozolomide) For Brain
- What is a Karnofsky Score?
- VectorVision® - image-guided
By Fred Epstein, MD.
- Gleevec® for brain tumors -
an interesting new experimental treatment.
- High Dose Tamoxifen For Brain Tumors:
- Brain Tumor Virtual TrialAbstract
about our study!
- Seizures: What to do if you are having
- Mathematical Modeling of Brain Cancer A very
interesting paper on the use of a mathematical modeling of brain tumors to
find brain tumor treatments.
- Arthur's List Of important tips for the
- Brainstem gliomas Added 9/7/03. Note - this
is a large file in .pdf format - it may take a long time to load.
By Virginia V. Jory, Ph.D.
By Danita Acquafredda And George Hunter
- ASCO 2008 - Brain Tumor Highlights
By Jon Glass, MD
NYU Medical Center, NY, NY
- Anaplastic Oligodendrogliomas: A new test for
- VP-16 (Etoposide)
By Kerryn Brookes
- What Are Clinical Trials
By Terri Armstrong, RN, MS, NP, CS
Neuro-Oncology Nurse Practitioner
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
- Chemotherapy For Brain Tumors
by Dr. Mark Levin
Co-Director, Medical Oncology & Hematology
The Brookdale University Hospital And Medical Center
- Fractionated Stereotactic Radiosurgery + Taxol
by Dr. Gil Lederman
Director, Radiation- Oncology
Staten Island University Hospital
- Functional Image Guided Surgery
By Michael Schulder, M.D.
Director Image-Guided Neurosurgery, Section of Neurosurgery
New Jersey Medical School
- Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
By Kenneth Ott, M.D., F.A.C.S
Executive Director, San Diego Gamma Knife Center
Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA
- Childhood Hydrocephalus: Clinical Features,
Treatment, and the Slit-Ventricle Syndrome Explanation of the use of
shunts, by Dr. Arno Fried.
- Advances In Neurosurgery
By Peter McL. Black, M.D., Ph.D.
Children & Women's Hospital
- Peacock System
By Dr. Robert Selker
Director - Center For Neuro-Oncology, Western Pennsylvania Cancer Institute
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery
By Jeffery A. Williams, M.D.
Director, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital
- Volumetric Stereotactic Procedures - Computer
guided Neurosurgery - explanation of the procedure by Dr. Patrick J. Kelly
- Regulus Navigator For Brain Surgery -
A new type of computer guided Neurosurgery - by Dr. Patrick J. Kelly
- Toxin Therapy For Brain Tumors New type
of treatment. Interesting reading.
- Chemosensitivity Testing Testing the tumor
to see which drugs may work the best! Important!!
- 50 Questions to help communicate with people
who can't talk. By Jim Kenzig
- Airline Guidelines for flying
Read before flying.. check the sections on seizures, blood clots and anesthesia.
- Thoughts on Alternative Treatments
Guest editorial by Dr. Robert Fink
Click HERE for a list
of FAQs and articles about brain tumors by Dr. Fink!
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